IN A bid to secure its long-term future, north London venue The Garage (cap. 600) has launched a campaign to become an Asset of Community Value.
If successful the venue, which is owned by DHP Family and celebrates its 25th anniversary in November, will be given additional protection against the potential effects of local redevelopment.
“We believe we’re a site of local importance bringing a vibrant musical culture to Islington,” says Garage programmer Matthew Cook. “With so many of London’s beloved music venues under threat from developers, we want to ensure the future of The Garage by strengthening ties with our local community.
The area in which The Garage is located is designated for redevelopment by the local council.
DHP acquired the venue and Soho’s The Borderline (275), from Live Nation Entertainment, which acquired the venues after its purchase of MAMA & Company, in May 2016 (see LIVE UK issue 197), DHP relaunched the venue last year following an extensive refurbishment.
“Rent increases, unhelpful bureaucracy and redevelopments are all hitting small venues,” says DHP MD George Akins. “As a concert promoter, we’re able to absorb some of these pressures but for the small independently owned venues, it is becoming impossible to survive financially.”
Acts playing The Garage include Harry Styles, Jack White and alt-J.